Six word Saturday

Here’s to co-operation, esprit de corps

The carneval floats are finished, lined up in  the hangar after six months of hard work by the four teams.  Last night the Mayor gave us a wine and biscuits party to view them. 

vin d'honneur pour les travailleurs

vin d’honneur pour les travailleurs

carneval 2014 hangar, long view CARNEVAL 2014 our chateau lit up
long view – that rocket was used in 2010                         Our chateau lit up

 This is the first time in ten years that I have glued not a single papillote, nor made costumes for this or that character.  But Jock has contributed enough input for three, so I was allowed in too!  The results are splendid – the ingenuity of  a disparate group of villagers to make the designs and carry them through is praiseworthy.

carneval 2014 Chinon with vineyard carneval 2014 chateau 3, detail
Each element is covered with thousands of little twisted paper papillotes, a speciality of our village.

carneval 2014 3rd chateau carneval 2014 Tintin chateau
The parade of the “Chateaux de la Loire” with marching bands is set for Sunday, with a candle-lit retreat followed by fireworks, so pray for no rain. Those papillotes are very fragile.  

On Monday – which is July 14th, the French National Day – a “grillade” (barbecue) for participants is given by the Comité des Fêtes.  It will be a huge and jolly meal lasting about 6 hours.


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21 Responses to Six word Saturday

  1. Linda H. says:

    How fun! Hope it all went well for you with the weather and everything!


  2. McGuffy Ann says:

    This is a great post, Viv. Awesome.


  3. restlessjo says:

    It looks better than ever, Viv! Wish I could be there for the parade 🙂 Fingers crossed.


  4. Kathe W. says:

    my oh my- what a lot of work! Thanks for the photos!


  5. Mlissabeth says:

    They all look wonderful. I hope you can enjoy your day on the 14th.


  6. Tonya Jastad says:

    The floats are stunning! Wishing you lovely weather at parade time!


  7. judyt54 says:

    Viv, these are just stunning. all that work, all that community. I am impressed…


  8. Karen S. says:

    Oh I do hop the Rain Gods don’t spoil it for you. What great fun you’ll all have. Enjoy everything.


  9. Ron. says:

    Sending clear sky vibes your way, V!


  10. Judy says:

    Fabulous! Sounds like a wonderful weekend! enjoy!


  11. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Things certainly go better when people cooperate!

    Shadowy Six Words


  12. colonialist says:

    Those are fantastic! What do they do if pouring wet persists? Defer, or get the floats wrecked?


  13. Romi says:

    The floats are AMAZING! I hope it will be fine on Sunday.


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